As I learn more and more...
08/28/2009 - 22:08
about VC and its amazing history, I notice that they have produced some of the finest and most beautiful chronographs in the history of haute horology. The ref. 4178 is an all-time classic and another that I like is the ref. 2990 monopusher. These are pieces at the top of the chronograph hierachy which will be admired by aficionados forever. Thanks for the great photos. Best regards, Mike
couldn't agree with you more Mike! (nt)
08/29/2009 - 21:07
What a Thrill
08/28/2009 - 22:23
Berny, I'm glad you also experience the thrill of holding that beautiful vintage V&C chronograph . These are two great examples of a design with the "legs" to go the distance....50 years and counting! This one is at the spa for a service and a very light "touch-up" polishing. Probably a CofA too .
Man, I love...
08/28/2009 - 23:45
...your pink and steel chronograph ! great watch. congrats ! Berny
Re: Man, I love...
08/30/2009 - 20:06
Thanks Berny...and of course congrats to you as well for your fine selection of a "hommage" VC chronograph to keep the embers of passion burning for this great design . I'm so nervous until the watch returns from the factory as any slight mistakes with the rather complicated case polishing could damage this near-mint example! The bezel is polished steel, while the case band below has fine vertical brushing, yet the case back requires a combination of polished and circular brushed finish. The lugs themselves are of softer gold and polished on the horizontal surfaces but require fine brushing on the vertical to match the case band. At the same time they must avoid touching the original finishes where they are still intact...all very complicated work! I've had inconsistent results in the past with one being terribly over-brushed while another showed the wonderful hand of an artist. Take a look at the original cast finish on the back of the lugs...absolutely marvelous! And the edges are as sharp as new. An over-enthusiastic polish could obliterate such originality in a stroke . This picture also shows some details for a prospective collector. You will see that the last three digits of the case back number are repeated inside the case rim, and if you look closely you can see that the last three digits of the movement number are also repeated on the baseplate. Now in this example the baseplate number is 434 - one digit off! But if you imagine the movements lined up on the assembly bench, it would be easy to have components switched between neighbours. Such a little quirk is very amusing to me . I've learned to take a much more active role in communicating my expectations to the factory and thankfully the customer service director Laurent Mugnier has been a marvel of understanding .
08/31/2009 - 18:01
Oops ...the 434 number on the baseplate is actually the caliber number of this movement.
Berny, which took Jack Nicholson?
08/30/2009 - 21:02
My wife and I saw yesterday the video, again, "Something's Gotta Give", starring besides Jack, lovely Diane Keaton. Of course he took the old one Those of you who never seen this movie just have to do it! That's an order, don't forget I'm also a Major.... Love your post, Berny keep in touch Doc
He started with the youngest...
08/31/2009 - 02:53
...hope to get money to buy my friend's !
08/31/2009 - 14:52
but he realised the facts Hoping for money is what we all does to buy some more VC's. Why don't they ever have any sales ? Working with the company's closing of the books for this year, right now..... take care Doc
I agree Doc, this is a very good movie...
08/31/2009 - 18:39
It is very humorous and filled with great acting. Have you see the movie "As Good As It Gets" with Jack Nicholson and Hellen Hunt? This is another good one which I would recommend if you have not seen it yet. Best regards, Mike
I have it Mike :-) nt
09/03/2009 - 11:36
Mike, I forgot "The Bucket List" !! Wonderful. nt
09/03/2009 - 16:53